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Old 02-14-2018, 05:43 AM
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1958 here. 1st car a VW bug, which I promptly ruined by turning it in to a pseudo dune buggy - cut the fenders, painted a hideous light blue, etc.

I hire mostly college kids, they seem infatuated with the '60s - I tell them they can have them, I'd just as soon forget them.
 
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Old 02-14-2018, 05:54 AM
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I bet you have a very old man in mind...you are in for a shock!

*Are you* *ready ?????*

This man would be 70 years old today. 70 years ago was 1947.
Twenty years younger than my grandfather if he was still alive. I was talking about this with some of my students (15-18 years old) recently. The exponential advancement in technology in the last 100 years is astounding and today we take much of it for granted. They found it really interesting to think about the primitive beginnings of their favored technology.


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I hire mostly college kids, they seem infatuated with the '60s - I tell them they can have them, I'd just as soon forget them.
Forget the 60s...the 40s and 50s is where it was at.
 
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Twenty years younger than my grandfather if he was still alive. I was talking about this with some of my students (15-18 years old) recently. The exponential advancement in technology in the last 100 years is astounding and today we take much of it for granted. They found it really interesting to think about the primitive beginnings of their favored technology.




Forget the 60s...the 40s and 50s is where it was at.
I tell them about rotary phones, typewriters, and only 3 TV channels you had to get out of your chair to change - they look at me as if I had just arrived from Planet Curmudgeon . . .
 
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I tell them about rotary phones, typewriters, and only 3 TV channels you had to get out of your chair to change - they look at me as if I had just arrived from Planet Curmudgeon . . .
You're hiring the wrong people.

I had a rotary phone growing up and I'm not that old. I don't think I ever did any school work with a typewriter but I remember handwriting assignments prior to having a computer.
 
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You're hiring the wrong people.

I had a rotary phone growing up and I'm not that old. I don't think I ever did any school work with a typewriter but I remember handwriting assignments prior to having a computer.
Hahaha. They are actually great kids, have somewhat restored my faith in the younger generation - very yes sir/yes maam types, work 30+ hours a week with me and keep a full load in college.
 
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Old 02-14-2018, 07:22 AM
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Hahaha. They are actually great kids, have somewhat restored my faith in the younger generation - very yes sir/yes maam types, work 30+ hours a week with me and keep a full load in college.
I'm sure, I was just being facetious. Most young people are pretty well rounded, just like anything else the popular views of young people are the outliers.
 
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I was going to read this whole thread, but don't know if I have enough time in life to do it.

I'm a 1950 born child. In fact my mother told my wife she blamed me for starting the Korean War.

But after reading some of this thread, I was happy to see I'm not the only one wondering about todays kids:

My youngest grandson says he doesn't understand how we told time with all those arms swinging around that thing on my wrist. He pushes his watch face and it tells him the time. So he's wondering why I'm making him tell time by my watch instead. (wait until he hits military time)

And he having a hard time understand why everyone didn't have a cell phone when I was a child. ..... I also feel he's having a problem understanding that I was a child at one time.
 
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But after reading some of this thread, I was happy to see I'm not the only one wondering about todays kids:

My youngest grandson says he doesn't understand how we told time with all those arms swinging around that thing on my wrist. He pushes his watch face and it tells him the time. So he's wondering why I'm making him tell time by my watch instead. (wait until he hits military time)

And he having a hard time understand why everyone didn't have a cell phone when I was a child. ..... I also feel he's having a problem understanding that I was a child at one time.
If your grandson is under 10 years old, he's fine. If he's 20, you've got a serious problem.
 
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I also feel he's having a problem understanding that I was a child at one time.
Hahahaha. I have shown them pictures of me as a kid, in college, the Air Force, etc. - I think they still believe I was hatched at 35 with a receding hairline.
 
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Old 02-14-2018, 08:19 AM
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That grandson is 6.

And when they asked, I showed them pictures when I was 5 with my mother, 19 in Vietnam, 22 when I was at a Harley rally ... and he said it isn'tt me, these people were to young to be me. (Damn rugrat .....)
 
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Hahahaha. I have shown them pictures of me as a kid, in college, the Air Force, etc. - I think they still believe I was hatched at 35 with a receding hairline.
My students do not recognize me as a person. They act surprised when I tell them I have things to do that don't involve school. It's an interesting dynamic.

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That grandson is 6.

And when they asked, I showed them pictures when I was 5 with my mother, 19 in Vietnam, 22 when I was at a Harley rally ... and he said it isn'tt me, these people were to young to be me. (Damn rugrat .....)
That's pretty cute, to him you're just the old man you are now. He'll figure it out one day and hopefully will come to value your experiences in a time he was not able to experience himself.
 
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Hmmmm, was this brought up because Vetsvette has a much older friend that is approaching 70, or, that Vetsvette is . . . . . . .

????????????
 
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Tell your Grandkids that some guy used to deliver a bottle of milk in a glass jar and leave it on your front porch in a metal box. That will freak them out.

Only problem I have with youngsters today is the constant staring at the phone! It is handy but shouldn't be all life consuming, especially when driving.

btw - instant coffee was around b4 1940's. Frozen food although not widely available was also earlier.
 
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Here's a good one ... as a kid we had a Philco TV and "I" was the remote controller !
 
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My students do not recognize me as a person. They act surprised when I tell them I have things to do that don't involve school. It's an interesting dynamic.
I feel your pain - my first retirement job was teaching - kids were great, administration responsive as a bag of hammers; I lasted 3 years, had to give it up.
 
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Frozen food although not widely available was also earlier.
I was in the second grade when we upgraded from an icebox to a Kelvinator. If you killed a hog or steer you took it into town to the Meat Locker which was just a big walk in freezer that people rented space in. Everything wrapped in white "freezer paper". Can you say freezer burn boys and girls? The building houses an optometrist now.
When we raised chickens for a couple of years Dad bought a chest freezer. I think I was 8 or 9 at the time. That thing could have held a good half dozen dead bodies. It was huge! Mom scrapped it after ~50 years. It was still working, but there was no one young/nimble enough around the house to climb out of the thing if you reached to far and fell in. And it did not have a safety latch.
 

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I feel your pain - my first retirement job was teaching - kids were great, administration responsive as a bag of hammers; I lasted 3 years, had to give it up.
You would *love* what is going on now in schools...

I don't take my student's outlooks personally, it's just not on their radar that I exist as a person outside the classroom. Like I said, it's an interesting dynamic.

I'm working on finding space to haul an old motorcycle into school as a "reward" project for some of my students. I think they would really enjoy that as an alternative to anything they've experienced and would get them away from computer screens for a little while. They are always asking about my bike and car projects, I'd like to bring it to them. Could teach them some practical skills in the meantime but I will probably have a fight on my hands from admin.


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Only problem I have with youngsters today is the constant staring at the phone! It is handy but shouldn't be all life consuming, especially when driving.
To be fair it's not just the youngsters, it is just more prevalent in the age group. I know plenty of people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s who have addiction issues with technology.
 
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Great words.
 
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Born in June 1948 [70!] I was going to start a thread "Am I the oldest one here?" until I bumped into this thread. As someone else said, I will not live long enough to read it all!!!
It was mainly motorcycling all my Life. Born and raised in France and having lived all over Europe including parts of Africa, we took motorcycling very seriously as also driving which both were always at high speeds especially on the various Autobahns.
My passion for the Minis started at the age of 18 when my Father bought me a 66 Austin Cooper SS 1500cc. British green with black and white checkered roof, full wood dashboard and too many added lights on the roof and grill! They were the crazy Rally days and I destroyed that car too many times as finally my Father stopped paying for the repairs and I let it go.
Being retired for 16 years now my last outing lasted 14 years with my Dog Spirit as we left to camp full time with a sidecar for over 5000+ nights in a tent. This was after my only Child, Son, passed away at the age of 26 from liver Cancer. A Life changing slap for sure which follows me to this day.
Spirit passed away also a few months ago and the sidecar has been sold while mentally I could not ride it anymore without him. That empty chair was too much to handle.
Bought a house in Alamogordo, NM, where the Forest rds and paved rds cover 5 Counties up to 9400' starting a mile from here. A beautiful gift. Also bought a 2016 JCW which I ended up selling after a year avoiding the option of jail time for speeding!
I never stopped looking for another one... which I will pick up this week in Las Vegas. 2017 JCW with the options I was looking for, meaning all of them including this time automatic with paddle shifter as it seems to be rare to find one with low mileage [17,500K]. The automatic option, as much as I prefer manual is due to new hips and some new spine screws and plate! My Friends asks me why? Didn't I learn my lesson a while back with the 2016? My reply is that this is my last hoopla and even if they have white JCWs in Heaven and red ones in Hell I am not too sure of that. Better get one now as being one of my favorite cars priced decently for what it is besides my Jeep Renegade Trailhawk which I use now for camping when I can.
So I am glad to see others from my Birth era also being here... Kind of comforting that I am not the only one with the passion of JCWs...
 
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